In my world the „apocalypse“ dates back several decades and most people have settled down, the scavenging is left to professional adventurers who roam the less accessible and more dangerous ruins of a destroyed metropolis.
I want to equip those adventurers with useful tools for scavenging while limiting the the equipment to the most important things to keep it as lightweight as possible and enable a character to work with the things he can actually carry on his body (walking back to one's vehicle several times just to produce everything he needs doesn't work for a film or game).
(Some of) the tools should enable the user to defend themselves without carrying additional weapons against attacks from wild animals or primitive tribes (in fact many weapons originated from tools).
Compared to present-day burglars the scavengers don't have to be as careful - instead of carrying tools for lock picking one could simply knock down the front door.
Fuel, gas (actual gas) and electricity are quite rare although who could rather come into possession of fuel and gas than the very people who scavenge the old world's remains...
The very question is:
What are indispensable tools for professional scavenging?
(Such as climbing walls, roping, prying doors or safes or walls and making ones way throught the debris.)
Please additionally state, which other tools your suggestion would render redundand
(e. g. carrying a crowbar there is no need for an additional welding torch or sledgehammer)
and if it could be used (or modified) as a weapon.
My ideas so far:
- My main scavenger character carries a decorated crowbar, upside down, like a gentleman's cane. He is obsessed with ancient civilization he encounters on his raids every day. It can be used in battle like a crow's beak/warhammer, hooking hostile's legs to make them fall and as a pickaxe for climbing.
- a small welding torch (that can be turned into a flamethrower by turning a switch to bypass the gas into an additional cartridge for inflammable liquids to spray those instead of burning the gas directly).
- a grappling hook (for climbing/roping and swung as weapon to get a hold of enemies during battle)